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It may be ILLEGAL to run Heartbleed health checks – IT lawyer

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Re: Anyone heard from a server admin anywhere yet?

Score points for LastPass here.

If you run their "security tester" which checks your passwords for duplicates and strength, they also give you a list of the people you are connected to who may be vulnerable, and what to do.

"What to do" was basically "WAIT" if the company had the vulnerability, but hadn't patched; "Change your password now" as the company had finished patching; and "You are now OK" once you'd changed your password.

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Audio fans, prepare yourself for the Second Coming ... of Blu-ray

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And another thing...

This was alluded to in the article - but the original albums were mixed in a certain way, which we're all used to from the original LPs. These new mixes just sound odd. I bought a copy of Argus (Wishbone Ash) when it first came out on CD; I then bought a new "remastered" version. OK, arguably, the sound was clearer. Actually, it was probably just at a higher level which meant less dynamic range - and the mix was a complete mess. Awful.

So when I play that album, if I'm feeling choosy, I go back to the vinyl; otherwise, I play the original CD which I'm fairly sure was just a direct transfer from the final master of the vinyl - and frankly, as a result, is closer in sound to the original vinyl that anything else. And I think it's a crying shame that more CDs of classic albums are not simple direct transfers from the final master of the vinyl.

And yet another thing - who the hell WANTS to listen to Bennie and the Jets in 5.1 audio? Why would I want to hear music coming from behind me?

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No, Minister. You CAN'T de-Kindle your eBooks!

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Re: Funny thing is...

I have heard it said that once you set it up correctly, it's no fuss at all - it works transparently.

I heard of a particular problem that someone had where they tried to buy a book from Google Play in ePub format, only to find that the book had somehow mislaid all the apostrophes and quote marks. So the person bought the book on Kindle (whose version of the book was fine), downloaded it to his PC, drag'n'dropped it into Calibre, uploaded it to his ePub reader and it was fine. (And he got his money back from Google Play, too.)

I, of course, know no more details about how he did it, and I have no comment on the legality of it.

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Ancient telly, check. Sonos sound system, check. OMG WOAH

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Re: Why wouldn't I spend on a Magnepan setup instead?

"...you can literally see the sound as it envelops a room."

Really? That must look strange.

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If cheapskate audiophiles want to go for wireless streaming, they should go for the old Squeezebox stuff, which is still reasonably easily available second hand. And if they are rich audiophiles, then the Squeezebox Transporter goes for over five hundred quid second hand on eBay.

It's a damn shame that Logitech stopped selling the Squeezeboxen.

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Or even....

...from the same shop, a stereo amp, two small bookshelf speakers, take the sound output from the 2 phonos on the back of the telly and it'll STILL sound massively better than the TV. Add a cheap CD player and you've got a good hi-fi in the front room - add a Squeezebox classic second hand and you can stream all you like. (And the second hand squeezebox will be the most expensive item you buy).

Seventeen hundred quid? Seriously?

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Eight hour cleansing to get all the 'faggots' and 'bitches' OUT of Github

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Re: Fags !

I have some sympathy with your point, but in the interests of accuracy, I should point out that a fag is a cigarette, and the unused end of a cigarette is known as a fag-end or sometimes a butt. Don't know of a word or phrase for a discarded unused end of a cigar.

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This record-smashing robot solves a Rubik's Cube in 3.253 seconds

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Re: Ah good old school days..

But how did you learn to do it - and can you still do it?

I originally solved the cube without recourse to any instructions - took me a couple of months. (My first ever success was a fluke, where I did the first two layers and the third just appeared correctly - to my total astonishment.) But as a result, I have those slow but reliable algorithms fixed in place in my mind (and muscle memory!). I can still solve it now - but it probably takes me 3-5 minutes - and using my algorithms, I doubt if it could be done more quickly than two minutes.

But those algorithms work, and I suspect I'll never forget how to do it now. It's still a good trick for impressing your kids and their friends.

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Re: Unbelievably wonderfull

Hmm.

Yes, it's impressive the first time a Lego built machine + a phone solves the cube. I thought it was amazing when I saw the video for the first time last year. And it's quite something that it can do it under five seconds. But getting it down for 4.3 seconds to 3.5 (or whatever it is) is just improvements in technology - it's not anything new any more.

There's also the point that a random setting may have a "best" solution which takes a certain number of moves. Another random setting may have a "best" solution which takes fewer moves. If the cube happens to be in the second setting, the robot will solve it more quickly. How do you tell whether you've merely got a relatively simple start position?

Hence, the "meh" icon. It was impressive once. Now it's just more of the same.

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SACRILEGE! Hitchhiker's Guide game's back ... and it TWEETS at you

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Don't try to summon my enthusiasm, because I haven't got one.

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Neil Young touts MP3 player that's no Piece of Crap

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Re: Oh Emperor! Your new clothes do look wonderful!

Endorsed by Ludwig Van Beethoven

Who was deaf.

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Happy 75th birthday, Adam Osborne

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Re: Memory Lane

Indeed, it was a luggable, rather than a portable.

But I remember working for a small company which was building embedded systems. I went along to demonstrate a new release for a customer. They pointed out an error; I was able to fire up the Osborne, correct the software, attach a PROM burner, burn a new prom and install it, and demonstrate the problem was fixed - in less than fifteen minutes. One happy customer. Something like that simply wasn't possible before the Osborne - you'd have had to return to base to fix it.

But haven't we come a long way since then?

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Boston court confirms Peeping Tom's right to upskirt

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Re: If it is illegal to 'upskirt'

Can't have it both ways.

What arrant nonsense.

If a woman wears a bikini in public, it's normally in a place where she expects to be looked at - for example, on a beach or at a swimming pool. And she can't really complain if photos are taken of her. (But even if a woman is wearing a bikini in public, I think it's reasonable to be hacked off if someone is taking a photo of her as if it were an upskirt - no matter how legal it is.)

A woman who is wearing a skirt is reasonably entitled to not expect a man to be trying to look up said skirt - and is certainly entitled to assume that he won't reach down with a mobile phone to take a photo up her skirt.

And even if a man gets a glimpse up a skirt, it's just one of those things - quite a kick if you're a teenager, as I remember. But taking a photo of said view is just damn pervy. It's the difference between glancing at a woman's cleavage and staring deliberately at her breasts.

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Fujitsu launches lappie for oldies

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Re: There was a time.....

I once had to read a serial number for a customer support call. It was ridiculously small. I couldn't read it. My sixteen year old daughter could only just read it, and couldn't be 100% sure she'd read it correctly.

So I took a photo of it with my phone and zoomed in. Problem solved. I love modern technology.

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Devs write 'film my shag' sex app for Google Glass

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A variant on the old limerick...

There was a young man called Menzies

Whose kissing drove girls into frenzies:

Till a virgin one night

Crossed her legs in a fright

And shattered his Google Glass lenses.

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4K-ing hell! Will your shiny new Ultra HD TV actually display HD telly?

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Re: But will there ever be anything worth watching?

Indeed. 4K TV will be for people who admire the quality of their TV screens, not for people who actually want to watch TV.

Just like top-end super-de-luxe hi-fi is the preserve of people who spend their time listening to how good it sounds, not the actual music.

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Why 2014 might just be the year of the Google Chromebook

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Re: Oh and why are you taking a laptop to the park ?

So if there are pretty girls (or boys) to look at in the park, why take the laptop?

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And if they are really getting 10% of the market...

...the software makers might start coming on board too - which won't do any harm.

All we need now is a few Chromebooks at a couple of hundred quid with a better screen than 1366x768.

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Sony seeks mojo reboot with 147-inch 'honey-you-can't-afford-me' 4K home projector

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This new vision...

...creates a brand-new sensorial and atmospheric experience that utilizes space, space itself.

As marketing bollocks goes, that is pretty awesome. Sensorial, eh? You can smell it and touch it too?

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Mars One's certain-death space jolly shortlists 1,000 wannabe explorers

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Re: Make it compulsory.

Michael Gove ahead of both of those.

Also Nick "Broken Promises" Clegg.

Oh, and Tony Blair - for winning a landslide Labour victory and then spectacularly letting everyone who voted for him down.

Actually, why not just send all the cabinet members of all UK governments of the last twenty years or so? God knows they've completely failed to do their normal jobs properly.

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Curiosity rover: While you humans were busy being hungover, this bot hit its 500th Martian day

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Re: auld lang syne

Well, there is always this alternative, which might cheer you up.

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Two Brits face criminal trial for sending 'menacing' tweets

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Re: Feminists are irritating

Two people have been charged with allegedly sending "menacing" tweets to a feminist campaigner..

Oops. Missed that. Sorry.

Doesn't invalidate my post, though.

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Re: Feminists are irritating

Where does it say anywhere that Caroline Criado-Perez or Stella Creasy are feminists?

And what, exactly, have they done, on the evidence of this article, to irritate you?

Or are you just assuming (not unreasonably) that they are likely to be feminists as they are intelligent campaigning women? And what is wrong with that? Why should that irritate you?

They are simply women just trying to be treated fairly by a male-dominated world.

Some feminists are irritating - like those who make comments like "Men are all closet rapists". Most have more sense, and don't make stupid generalizations. Perhaps you should try avoiding similar stupid generalizations.

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Hey Linux newbie: If you've never had a taste, try perfect Petra ... mmm, smells like Mint 16

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Re: Oldskoolers?

Actually, they're probably running UNIX, and sneering at this new-fangled graphical rubbish.

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Ten top tech toys to interface with a techie’s Christmas stocking

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Re: "it sure as heck isn’t going to be the year of desktop Linux..."

A vanishingly small number of the people who've so far resisted upgrading from XP may decide to put Linux on their aging hardware.

And they'll try Ubuntu, and discover that the latest version won't run on their machine as it needs super-de-luxe 3D graphics. Even my four-year-old nettop won't run stock Ubuntu 13.10 - it looks fine until you press the "flag" button, and then it all goes a lovely shade of blue. Quite nostalgic, really.

While Ubuntu is the most well-known desktop Linux, it will NEVER be "the year of desktop Linux".

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Astroboffins spot HOT, YOUNG GIANT where she doesn't belong

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Re: Cool!!

Isaac Asimov, I think you'll find....

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UK.gov to warn tweeting twits, celebs 'n' pals on court case comments

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Re: Lets test this "law" thing

I think you're in danger of overcomplicating this.

What I think the Attorney General is trying to do is to make people aware that there ARE laws in place to do with contempt of court, so that they can't say, in all innocence "I didn't know I wasn't allowed to say that."

The contempt laws are not in place to just be awkward - they are put in place to protect the innocent (like the babies who were raped by the LostProphets guy) and to ensure that people can get a fair trial.

The second one is particularly important - one day soon, a person who is almost certain guilty of a heinous crime will walk free because some idiot tweeted information about them that gets into the public domain which will make it impossible for them to get a fair trial.

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Women crap at parking: Official

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Re: Parking

No. It illustrates that ONE WOMAN can't multitask.

Sheesh. I've never seen so much generalization from specifics as I have on this particular comment thread. Most of them are men, so presumably that proves that men always generalize from specifics.

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Re: Stochastics

It's not bogus in the least. The reason is because the in-group variation is normally HUGE and the between-group variation is normally tiny. Height is not a good example, as the differences are quite significant between men and women, and clearly sex-oriented. But the difference in driving skills between men and women is (a) probably not as much as people make it out to be and (b) potentially explainable in other ways that "she's a woman, therefore she's worse". For example, one possible explanation is that most people have been brought up to believe that men are better drivers, and so tend to let men drive more, so they get more practice, which generally makes them better drivers....

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Supermodel Lily Cole in Impossible partnership with Jimbo Wales, YOU

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Re: Supermodel ?

Statement:-

Who did she sleep with in order to "obtain" £200 000 for that ?

Statement:-

There was absolutely nothing intentionally sexist in my remark and nothing was implied, that is merely your choice of interpretation.

Simple question - would it have even crossed your mind to say "Who did he sleep with to get that?" if it had been a male, rather than female?

Don't bother to answer - you and I and everyone else here all know the answer is No.

So yes - sexist.

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If this doesn't terrify you... Google's computers OUTWIT their humans

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Re: Shredder

Messy.

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Bloke accused of using cop's innocent Facebook snaps in child sex chat

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Re: He got off easy

Hmmm. There must be a broken link somewhere. I seem to have strayed onto the Daily Telegraph or Daily Mail comment pages. El Reg - can you fix this?

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Ding-dong! Bye bye Sunday lie-in, your Amazon package is HERE

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Sundays - well, maybe...

Speaking for myself, I think I'd prefer to have evening deliveries....

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Which works well.

But aren't you glad your parents didn't have that attitude?

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New wonder slab slurps Wi-Fi, converts it into juice for gadgets, boast boffins

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Re: Let's look at this...

"When did physics ever Trump economics?"

It never did.

But I can remember it being theoretically impossible to get more that 9600 Baud down a phone line on a normal modem.

I remember when it wasn't theoretically possible to get more than 10M Ethernet.

Wireless in the home was always going to be very slow, and only useful for emails - if you wanted to stream music, you'd have to use wired access - and films would work, but only short ones in low definition.

True Internet over a mobile phone was never going to work at a reasonable speed....

I know that your theoretical calculations say this'll never work. But I wouldn't mind betting that you're wrong.

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How my batch process nightmare was solved by a Wombat

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Re: Can't be co-incidence (can it ?)

And what do you do with a Wombat?

Play Wom with it.

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You've been arrested for computer crime: Here's what happens next

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Re: If proof were needed that police are theives [lying and bribery proof currently in the courts]

"The good news is that if no evidence is found the seized items are returned to the owners. [snip] The hardware will often be returned without hard drives."

Hmmm. The [snipped] bit is "The bad news is that can take several months to happen. If illegal images (i.e. child pornography) are found on the disks, they will be shredded and destroyed without exception."

That's a pretty vital [snip].

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Adobe users' purloined passwords were PATHETIC

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Perhaps you should take care crafting a password BECAUSE of the care that Adobe exhibited in looking after it.

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Facebook fans fuel FAGGOT FURY firestorm

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Re: This is disturbing

"...And every Friday Night is singalong night at the Opera Houses..."

Don't forget that in England, brothels are indicated by a blue light outside. (with thanks to Gerard Hoffnung!)

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iPad Air not very hot: Apple fanbois SHUN London fondleslab launch

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Re: Bah!

"Apple seem to think the cameras are much better in the new model."

Doesn't matter if the camera is better. You're still going to look like a prat when you take the photo.

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Google RIPS aside curtain, exposes Nexus 5 phone, KitKat Android 4.4 coupling

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There's one thing I want....

...and that's a SMALLER screen.

The Nexus 4 is just small enough for me to use one-handed - in fact, just a fraction too big if I'm honest.

And who needs full HD on a phone? If I want to watch movies on the go, I'll watch them on my tablet.

If they were to produce a Nexus 3 with a similar pixel density as the Nexus 5 and a slightly smaller screen than the Nexus 4 at, say, £199 - it would fly off the shelves!

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Google's new Glass: Now with audio connection INSIDE the SKULL

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A friend of mine....

...saw someone wearing these at a conference last week. He watched with glee as the wearer walked straight into a pillar.

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Hypersonic MEGA METEOR pulled from lake, then Russians drop it

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Re: Time of Genesis?

Time started on Jan 1 1970 as stated above.

Therefore Peter Gabriel.

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Computer Chess: Geek, gaming and retro-tech movie of the year

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There is a world of difference between a review of a film...

...and a summary of the story. This, unfortunately, is a bit too much of the latter - and it also seems to me to have rather too many spoilers in it.

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Double-click? Oh how conventional of you, darling!

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Re: 1 out of 10

To be fair, last week's article about the self-service tills was laugh-out-loud funny (or at least I found it so) - and he'd have to do remarkably well to come close to that one.

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Panasonic throws in towel on plasma tellies, preps for BILLION-dollar kick in pants

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Re: Big box stores killed plasma

Yep - my first plasma was a Samsung which got "red speckled" after 18months. They wouldn't consider repairing it for a reasonable price, so I bought a new one - a Panny. Which is excellent.

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Re: Tough as old boots

"Ruled out the Panasonics straight away. Heavy, use loads of power..."

"...And I've got a bunch of old PCs loaded up with hard drives which contain various media files...."

Anyone else feel this is a little inconsistent?

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Techno-thriller author and gaming franchise Tom Clancy dies at 66

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He may be dead...

...but no doubt there will still be Tom Clancy novels released.

I'm old enough to remember when the death of an author meant that there were no more books by said author. Nowadays, it just seems to mean a short hiatus before someone is employed to churn out a book in a similar style with the original author's name on it.

And yes, sixty-six is FAR too young.

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'Stupid old white people' revenge porn ban won't work, insists selfie-peddler

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Re: The guy is a prat

A prat? That's a description of someone who did something stupid, or doesn't get something most of us feel is obvious. We're all prats occasionally.

There are several words I could use to describe this guy. Prat doesn't even begin to describe him.

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How I hacked SIM cards with a single text - and the networks DON'T CARE

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A mean bowl of cornflakes with only three main ingredients?

1) Cornflakes

2) Milk

3) ??

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